Bolivia Journals

Tiwanaku, Tiahuanaco; Potato, Potayto

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A travel journal to Bolivia by SeenThat

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Trip to Tiwanaku; Laja Landing

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General Cemetery Area Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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Having checked the schedule beforehand, I had arrived at the Tiwanaku departure station around 6:30 AM. It was the scheduled departure time of the first minivan of the day; that was clearly stated on the metal door of the structure (678, Tomas Katari Street, across Plaza Sucre from the cemetery’s main gate, near the station to Copacabana). Yet, the door was closed and nobody was nearby. Barely after sunrise, the General Cemetery of La Paz is a dangerous place. Drunken people sleeping on the streets; small groups of bulky thieves searching for prey. Staying there wasn’t wise. I backed away a couple o...Read More

Ruins of Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco)

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Attraction | "A Million Years Old!"

Ruins of Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco) Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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"It’s a million years old!" a Bolivian told me proudly."Which one, Tiahuanaco or Tiwanaku?" I answered quickly and met a baffled look.NameThe revival of the Aymara - and to some less extent also the Quechua – culture in Bolivia is one of the most fascinating things awaiting the visitor. The most visible aspect – at least from the international angle – was the recent change of the country’s name from "Republica de Bolivia" to "Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia," a change that emphasizes the many cultures forming this country. However, changes do...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 10, 2010

Ruins of Tiwanaku (Tiahuanaco)
Near Shores Of Lake Titicaca
Bolivia, South America

Tiwanaku Town

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Attraction | "A Closed Affair"

Tiwanaku Photo, Tiwanaku, Bolivia
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Three triangular columns by the highway marked the entrance to the town of Tiwanaku. Inside the hollow columns hanged large boulders, reminding the ubiquitous warnings in La Paz that suspects of theft would be hanged on the spot, according to local Community Justice rules. The central plaza was about a kilometer along this road. The van parked near the central plaza, but not just inside; later I was to find the surprising reason for that.Adobe fences surrounded adobe houses; half melted adobe fences surrounded empty terrains and a large number of modern sculptures defined the look of the town of Tiwanaku. The adobe here is very different from the one seen in ...Read More

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Laja

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Attraction | "Llacxa Marka"

Laja Photo, Bolivia, South America
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"Llacxa Marka" announces a large sign at the entrance to the small settlement; this odd name is enough to mark this place as special. "Marka" is an Aymara word – sometimes appearing as a suffix – denoting a small administrative zone. The first word in the name, "Llacxa," is a very old Spanish transliteration; it appears also as "Llaxa." In the Spanish of the 16th century "x" was used for the guttural sound described in modern Spanish as "j," and for other sounds non-existent in Spanish. For example, the Nahuatl word "Mexico" would be better represented as "Meshico;" yet Spanish lacks a "sh." The "x" was chosen, and nowadays Spanish speakers pronounce "Mejico." In a similar manner, old "Llaja" became m...Read More

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Plaza Tiwanaku

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Attraction | "Recessional"

Plaza Tiwanaku Photo, La Paz, Bolivia
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A high residential area constructed along a wide avenue on a relatively flat area, Miraflores is one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of La Paz. Avenida Busch is the wonder called. Referring to a local general of German roots, the name should be pronounced "boosh." Yet, Spanish speakers pronounce it "boos-ch" (the last as in "charity"). Minivans with kids hanging at their doors while announcing "boos-ch" are the best method of transport to the area; also anything announcing "Siles" would work. In any case, it is an easy and beautiful ten minutes walk from El Prado, La Paz main avenue. For the ...Read More

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Plaza Tiwanaku
Miraflores area
La Paz, Bolivia

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